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Over the course of the lectures, Kuyper discusses Calvinism and the way it pertains to many aspects of life including politics, science, and art. According to Kuyper, Calvinism has a natural affinity for scientific investigation, because like scientific inquiry, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. Predestination, he says, proves that a set of laws exist to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out.
In "Lectures on Calvinism," Kuyper launches into a defense of Calvinism, which is often maligned as a religion that seeks to stamp out art and its significance. Readers will find here a thorough and elegant explanation of Calvinism and its particular outlook on life. Anyone wanting to know how the religion is unique among the many Christian sects will find "Lectures on Calvinism" an enjoyable and informative read.
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Michael Lawrence. What Is Reformed Theology? City of God Penguin Classics. Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader. Register a free business account. He developed Neo-Calvinism, which emphasizes the sovereignty of Jesus over all mental pursuits and supports the idea that there exists a grace given by God to all things in order to sustain the continued unfolding of creation. Start reading Lectures on Calvinism on your Kindle in under a minute.
Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. On the one hand, this is a wonderful book. Kuyper synthesizes Calvinism as not simply a religious affiliation but an entire worldview that encompasses religion, politics, science, art.
On the other hand, the editing is atrocious. Words are mangled, misused, miscapitalized and dropped mid-sentence throughout most of the text.
It's obvious they used an OCR program to digitize the book and never bothered to have anyone proofread it. Abraham Kyper's "Lectures" and Richard Weaver's "Ideas Have Consequences" should top the list of essential reading for folks who have not been introduced to the idea of a distinctly Christian world view and those who need equipping to deal with the questions being asked in the world today. Kuyper may seem dated on first reading as may Weaver but if you hang in there with him you will begin to see the significance of his thought.
Essentially his attempt is to "take every thought captive. Whether it is politics or art, there can be nobility in the enterprise even as there can also be depravity.
What Kuyper enables us to do is understand how to approach life such that nobility is in greater proportion. Be prepared for turn of the century 19thth prose and language. Kuyper expects a certain level of literary acumen in his readers and hearers, these were originally lectures. Once you settle in to his style though, you will find his thought stimulating even if you don't agree with everything. A friend of mine who has been deeply influenced by Abraham Kuyper and has recommended him to me with some regularity.
I have also discovered the influence of Kuyper on several of the people who have affected my thinking including Francis Schaeffer and Chuck Colson.
The Stone Lectures on Calvinism were recommended to me as a good place to start with Kuyper. Abraham Kuyper was a Dutch theologian, but he was also a journalist and primer minister of the Netherlands from to He was deeply influential in a number of areas, likely reflecting his broad biblical worldview. He delivered the six Stone Lectures on Calvinism at Princeton in The lectures were entitled: 1 Calvinism: A life system, 2 Calvinism and religion, 3 Calvinism and politics, 4 Calvinism and science, 5 Calvinism and art, and 6 Calvinism and the future.
Kuyper attempts to demonstrate that John Calvin never intended his writings to be merely for church or religious life, but rather, to be a whole life system. In other words, Christians were to have a faith that affects all of life. His prescience of the future was remarkable. The things he observed happening or believed would happen are in full swing in America today. He wrote, "If this battle is to be fought with honor and with hope of victory, then principle must be arrayed against principle; then it must be felt that in modernism, the vast energy of an all-embracing life-system assails us, then it must be understood that we have to take our stand in a life-system of equally comprehensive and far-reaching power.
Near the end, he makes an observation of the "Christian" church and his indictment is right on. He writes, "A theology which virtually destroys the authority of the Holy Scriptures as a sacred book; which sees in sin nothing but a lack of development; recognizes Christ for no more than a religious genius of central significance; views redemption as a mere reversal of our subjective mode of thinking; and indulges in a mysticism dualistically opposed to the world of the intellect,--such a theology is like a dam giving way before the first assault of the inrushing tide.
It is a theology without hold upon the masses, a quasi-religion utterly powerless to restore our sadly tottering moral life to even a temporary footing. Even if you are not a "Calvinist" per se, I would commend this book to you. Some really great parts throughout. Kuyper seemed at his best when he was glorying in Calvinism more so than when he was defending it. Kuyper is not so much giving lectures on Calvinist doctrine as much as teaching the effect of Calvinism on government and civilisation or culture.
The idea of a sovereign God of providence being the supreme ruler over all things and with this understanding All government and the social order fall under His supreme authority. Kuyper is great, but Misspellings and typos are everywhere, sometimes to the extent that I didn't know what Kuyper was saying. I suppose I got what I paid for. This is a must read for today. Find out where our government came from. Understand it's Protestant Roots. Read this book. Read more books by Kuyper.
One person found this helpful. If you want to truly understand what the sovereignty of God is than read Kuyper. This book is super dense and reading a sentence is what reading a page in other books is but it will be seen in your daily understanding and view of daily life. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Damn these are thought provoking. Kuyper is a beast. Wish our prime ministers nowadays had even half the intellect or sense of civic ans religious principle.
Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Kuyper, takes Calvinism to a broader comprehension beyond soteriological issues. Especially on Politics, Life and so on. I'm loving this book. A feast for the mind and the spirit. You've read the top international reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism
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These six classic lectures by distinguished scholar Abraham Kuyper on the key figure in Reformation theology were delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in Kuyper introduces Calvinism as a life-system, discussing its relationship to religion, politics, science, and art. According to Kuyper, Calvinism seeks to unify the cosmos under universal laws. For instance, he states that predestination proves that a set of laws exists to govern the world, and science is merely trying to figure them out.